Cards pick Brandon Williams in draft's 3rd round

Posted at 8:13 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 01:48:56-04

The Arizona Cardinals selected Texas A&M cornerback Brandon Williams in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Williams began his collegiate career as a running back but made the switch to cornerback before last season. According to's draft profile, "NFL teams will look at the traits and see a player who fits the mold and who should improve with more coaching."

Williams had 37 tackles (26 solo), one tackle for a loss and seven passes defended last season for the Aggies, winning the Aggie Heart award last year. He originally committed to Oklahoma as a five-star, top-20 overall recruit.

He suffered a neck injury toward the end of his freshman season and eventually decided to transfer to Texas A&M in order to be closer to his daughter. While he was at Oklahoma, he played alongside Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson.

Williams is the Cardinals' second pick of the 2016 draft, as they traded their second-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for pass-rushing specialist Chandler Jones. The Cards selected defensive end Robert Nkemdiche with their first-round pick.